Sex trafficking

Equality Now Advocates for ‘Nordic model’ against Trafficking and Gender Inequality (The Nordic Page)

12/4/2012 -- The Nordic Page -- "Equality Now Advocates for ‘Nordic model’ against Trafficking and Gender Inequality"; The 'Nordic model' criminalises the demand for commercial sex while decriminalising individuals in prostitution.

Equality Now & partner activists respond to a recent article on the role of demand in prostitution (NY Times)

 9/30/2012 -- New York Times -- "Ending the Demand Side of Prostitution"  Representative Carolyn Maloney, Equality Now & Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation respond to a recent New York Times article on the role of demand in prostitution.

Letter to the Editor: Sex Trafficking in the Americas (NY Times)

5/1/2012 -- New York Times -- "Sex Trafficking in the Americas" New York Office Director Tzili Mor responds to "Prostitutes Perplexed as Global Glare Falls on City’s Brothels" (4/26) citing the need to end demand-driven commercial sexual exploitation.

United States: Call for zero tolerance on demand that fuels sex trafficking

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2012 May 1

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What You Can Do: 

Call on U.S. President Barack Obama to issue an Executive Order prohibiting all federal employees and contractors from buying sex as it contributes to sex trafficking, and to ensure that all agency heads strictly enforce such a zero tolerance policy. Doing so would help ensure the United States lives up to its national and international commitments to curb the demand that fuels sex trafficking. >> TAKE ACTION NOW!

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America
Fax: + 1 202-456-2461
E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

Letters: 

Dear President Obama:

Following the recent “scandal” involving Secret Service agents and military members traveling on official business buying sex from women in prostitution in Cartagena, Colombia and similar reported incidents worldwide, I am writing to request that the U.S. government act now to end commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. I urge you to issue an Executive Order prohibiting all federal employees and contractors from buying sex as it contributes to sex trafficking, and to ensure all agency heads strictly enforce such a zero tolerance policy.

Demand for commercial sex fuels sex trafficking and exploitation. Millions of women and girls are sold and bought for sexual exploitation in violation of their rights to bodily integrity, equality, dignity, health, and to be free from violence and torture. As part of efforts to prevent sex trafficking, the U.S. government is bound by national and international laws and policies to reduce the demand for commercial sex. In addition, the U.S. anti-trafficking ambassador has made clear that reducing demand is an integral part of the fight to end sex trafficking. Yet, there is no consistent policy on sex trafficking and purchasing sex that covers the conduct of all government employees and contractors.

I respectfully urge the U.S. government to adopt a zero tolerance policy on the demand for commercial sex that fuels sex trafficking. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,
 

New York Office Director Tzili Mor on Backpage.com's global facilitation of sex trafficking (NY Post)

3/20/12 -- NY Post -- "‘SexTrafficking.com’: Enslaved girls for sale on Village Voice Media site" New York Office Director Tzili Mor on Backpage.com's global facilitation of sex trafficking: "We can’t sit quietly and idly by while big business is protected at the expense of women’s rights. It’s a sad statement that the US cannot get its act together to protect girls and women from being raped.

Global: Call on Village Voice Media to stop facilitating sex trafficking

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2012 Mar 19

“BRAND NEW JAPANESE girl open minded very submissive $100 SPECIAL!!!”
-posted 7 March 2012 in “escort” section of Backpage.com’s New York, US section

“Size 20BBW with massive tits, I do what ever (sic) my master tells me to do”
-posted 24 February 2012 in “escort” section of Backpage.com’s Leeds, UK section
 

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the Village Voice asking it to remove all “adult” advertisements from Backpage.com and their newspapers. Please also write letters to the editors of the 13 local Village Voice Media newspapers (for information about these papers go to www.villagevoicemedia.com). Urge Village Voice to abide by international human rights principles, exhibit corporate social responsibility and recognize that sex trafficking is a human rights violation we must work together to end. >> TAKE ACTION NOW!

Letters should go to:

Mr. Jim Larkin
Village Voice Media CEO and Board Chair
1201 East Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85034
USA
Telephone:  +1-602-271-0040
Fax: +1-602-495-9954; +1-602-340-8806

Mr. Carl Ferrer
Vice President, Backpage.com LLC
1201 East Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85034
USA
Telephone:  +1-602-271-0040
Fax: +1-602-407-1717

Letters: 

Dear ____ :

I write to you with deep concern regarding the human rights issue of sex trafficking. The selling and buying of women and girls for sexual exploitation violates their rights to bodily integrity, equality, dignity, health, and freedom from violence and torture.

I was concerned to learn that Village Voice Media, through its “adult” advertisements on Backpage, facilitates the sex trafficking and exploitation of women and girls in countries around the world. Sex trafficking is a multi-billion dollar global criminal industry that is fuelled by those who exploit and profit from the commercial sex industry, including traffickers, pimps, the “buyers” of commercial sex and companies that profit from and facilitate exploitation. Girls and women who have been trafficked suffer life-long harm.

Governments, human rights advocates and private companies must work together to end this human rights scourge. I understand that the internet is now the most frequently used platform by traffickers and “johns” to buy and sell women and children for sex in the United States, and as one of the most widely-used websites for “adult” advertisements, Backpage.com profits greatly from them. The United Nations has recognized the role the internet can play in facilitating sex trafficking, and has called on private businesses to make sure they are not complicit in sex trafficking making them “partners in exploitation.”  I urge you to join other newspapers and online advertisement websites who have taken an unequivocal stand against sex trafficking and exploitation by refusing to post and profit from “adult” advertisements. I hope you will show corporate responsibility and uphold human rights by shutting down the “adult” section on Backpage.com and in your newspapers to help put an end to the rape and exploitation of girls and women.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely
 

Anti-Trafficking Consultant Kenneth Franzblau on the effects of "online pimping" (Huffington Post)

1/19/12 -- Huffington Post -- "Escort Ads, Sex Slaves and Four Dead Women" Equality Now Anti-Trafficking Consultant Kenneth Franzblau comments on the effects of "online pimping."

Program Officer Anber Raz speaks about the commercial sex industry (The Fresh Outlook)

10/5/2011 -- The Fresh Outlook -- "293 Women Involved in Sex Trafficking Rescued in Peru" Anber Raz, Program Officer on Sexual Violence and Trafficking: “Even the remotest parts of the world are not immune from those seeking to profit from women’s bodies. Sex trafficking is an enormously lucrative business which is driven by demand and more often than not victims have little recourse to help and justice."

Anuradha Koirala

Nepal’s Fearless Crusader Against Sex Trafficking
Anuradha Koirala

What inspired you to start Maiti Nepal?

I was brought up in a family that regarded providing services for humankind as the best form of pious work. Secondly, I studied in a convent school, where I grew up with sisters and mother that further increased my devotion towards the social work. Finally, Mother Teresa was the biggest source of inspiration to instigate a mission for the betterment of humankind. These reasons led to the establishment of Maiti Nepal.

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